Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Know Your Rights When Taking Photos and Making Video and Audio Recordings

Taking photographs and videos of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is your constitutional right. That includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties.
When in outdoor public spaces where you are legally present, you have the right to capture any image that is in plain view.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for this information Cole. I miss your updates from council meetings :-(

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    1. I'm going to start reporting on them again.

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  2. Is a School Property Public or Private, can you take pictures of kids or adults outside of the school. I was told the School Property is Private, but if it is owned by the Tax payers why isn't Public?

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    1. It's my understanding that one may not take photos of students while they are on school property, unless permission has been granted. It IS legal to photograph children when they are in a public place.

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  3. I miss the updates too Cole.

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  4. Just because someone has the rights to doesn't mean it's always appropriate to do so. People need use common sense and think about there actions and the people and families involved.

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    1. What's appropriate is often in the eye of the beholder. While I try to be sensitive of others when I photograph and post, I also consider what is newsworthy or otherwise valuable. If I had not shot pics and video of a recent incident - based on what is "appropriate" - those materials would not now be available to the defense in a legal case.

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